When I see low profile tires on an SUV, I think worthless! It's not a good look to me. It impresses me even less on a tiny car. Just being honest!
It's sort of like adding lifts to a pickup truck. Sort of makes the pickup useless for what it was designed for. Take an expensive rig to begin with and make it somewhat worthless to use? Why?
Doesn't seem all that different than taking a small economy car & adding huge wheels to it.
If someone likes 18" wheels, they should buy a car to go with them. A basic Chevy Camaro comes with standard 18" wheels.
However, these things sell cars. Car companies make it their business to know what sells cars. Take for example the Jeep. Beyond being able to do many tasks, part of the popularity of what has survived from a war-time utility vehicle is it's ability for their owners to personalize it - to make it how they want it. Jeep picked up on that and has used it to their advantage.
Don't get me wrong - I agree with much of what you were saying. It surprises me how much aftermarket wheel sets go for, or how much replacement tires cost for these weird sizes. I'm sure you were just venting some of your frustrations. In the spirit of conversation, I'm only answering some questions that were posed. It's not my thing and I don't care about it that much.
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In general - Lower profile tires = better handling. Higher profile tires = better ride. I think most car/truck guys are going to know that.
I am responding to someone stating -
"185/40/18 would fit no issues. If it exists... a 185/35/19 should as well."
Go to walmart.com, simpletire.com, or tirerack.com & search for those sizes?
A 14" or 15" tire is already a good size tire for a small economy car. In the American market, the Mirage should come with 175/65r14 or 185/55r15 factory tires. I don't say this because those are superior sizes for the Mirage. I say it because they are a perfect match (23" outside diameter), and they are a somewhat common tire size found here.
You go outside those two sizes, and your tire choices dwindle quite rapidly.
I welcome anyone to list what 185/40r18 (23.8") or 185/35r19 (24.4") tires are available. What's available?
I am not trying to be a jerk here. I would hate to see someone buy 18" or 19" rims like it was suggested and think they are going to put 165, 175, or 185 wide tires on them that easily.
So far as I know only 1 member has ran 17” rims. No one that I know of have tried 18” or higher. The 17” Oz WRC’s rims would barely fit in the rear without fender rolling.
My new ride
Any specs on those wheels (width & offset)?
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When you think the largest modern passenger cars ever made, Caddy Eldorado, Olds 98, etc, I mean these things were gigantic and they all rolled along on 15" wheels and looked fine.
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